Sunday, July 31, 2005

Urban Legends Reference Pages. "Claim: Photograph shows golfers fleeing from the approach of a grizzly bear. Status: True."


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Latino Review offers a first peek at Darren Aronofsky's new sci-fi movie, The Fountain. ("The journey of one man in the present as well as both 500 years in the past and into the future. Among the issues it tackles are love, death and immortality.")


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FilmJerk's Early Report for July 31


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Wedding Crashers officially moves up to #1
  • The two films from two weeks ago (Wedding Crashers and Wonka) held on to the top two spots for the third straight week.
  • Last week's releases all but dropped off the map. Each of the four dropped more than expected. Each of the four dropped at least 50%. The Devil's Rejects suffered the worst fate by following a disappointing opening with a precipitous 62% fall-off
  • This week's releases were mediocre, opening in the 3-4-5 slots. Sky High was probably the most positive surprise among the new releases, in that it was predicted to finish last among the three, but actually finished as the best of the three. That was not the kind of news to prompt a general V-E day level of rejoicing, however, since it was still within 20% of the prediction, and could muster no better than a tepid third place.
  • The penguin movie again did quite well. It stayed in the number ten slot despite losing to the three new releases, because it managed to pass three other films which beat it last week! Overall, the penguin film was #2 in revenues per screen, losing only to Wedding Crashers.
  • The massive failure of big budgeters like Stealth and The Island will have to force Hollywood to look past "explosion films" for their summer line-ups. That's OK by me. I'd rather see them make twenty films for seven million each than one for 140 mill. Maybe there will be five interesting films in that bunch instead of a single mega-bomb. I do think that the studios have to think about the possibility that their future revenue equation may include an ever lower percentage of earnings from theatrical revenues and constantly greater dependence on DVD sales and rentals. If they lock on to that equation, they should start making better choices about how to spend their money.



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Stephanopoulos interviews Rick Santorum (Video and transcript)


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Pogue's Song Spoofs about the world of computers. Dated, but still entertaining.


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"The entire acclaimed BBC episode 'Eye on the Universe'."


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A subtle obscene joke on The Family Guy (Apparently the censor didn't "get it")


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First look at Jennifer Aniston in Rumor Has It


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First look at Charlize Theron in North Country


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Yet another remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, this time starring Nicole Kidman


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

What we're seeing here is basic demographic defined behaviour of the executive class.

As the current cohort (that massively huge one - rhymes with "may be tumors") get ready for retirement, they're not looking for high risk investments with massive returns, but instead safe bets with moderate returns. For the foreseeable future, expect lots of remakes with minimal deviations from the original storyline starring "A" list actors.

In the rare case where something innovative manages to get funding and marketing and makes a profit, it will be copied ad nauseum until it ceases to be a good investment.

 


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Yes, I think that sums it up very succinctly.

I expect to see about twenty clones of Wedding Crashers approved in the next ten minutes or so. I expect that Vince Vaughn and his colorful band of sidekicks (the Wilsons, Stiller, and Ferrell) will soon be very busy and very rich boys.

Not that there's anything wrong with that. Better them than Andy Dick.

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The trailer for a Greek film, Hard Goodbyes: My Father
  • "Hard Goodbyes: My Father tells the story of a lonely boy named Elias who makes a pact with his father to watch the moon landing of astronauts on television in 1969. Father and son love to recite the stories of Jules Verne, the man who had envisioned the 'shot to the moon' a century earlier. Elias and his dad are adventurers and explorers who spend their time together spinning tales of the imagination that take them far away from their home in Athens, Greece and off to their imagined refuges on islands and in space. They even name the blue family car 'Birbilo' and turn it into their own spaceship. Elias worships his father who is often away on business trips. One day, his father doesn't come back. That promise of watching the moon landing will go unkept and Elias must rely on their shared love of storytelling to transcend the unimaginable."


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Hustle and Flow, as reviewed by the master of all media except the important ones, The Filthy Critic


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URL says it all: HooterShooters.com


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